Monday, January 21, 2013

Barry Goldwater Peak

White Tank Mountains Highpoint
Waddell, Arizona
Mileage - 14.1
Time - 4:32
AEG - 2,977ft

Bob and I had the day off work on Monday because of MLK day so we planned a short day-trip to the White Tank Mountains.  He was excited for his first hike on the West side of town, though I had something else in mind.  Reaching the highest point in the range would get me another step closer to summiting all 100 prominent peaks in the state.  Barry Goldwater Peak is the 38th most prominent in Arizona and rises over 3,000 feet from the desert floor to a height of 4,083ft.  It's certainly not the most sought after destination in the White Tanks and there's no real quick way to get there either, so it wasn't a surprise to be the only ones out there.

At 8:30am on a perfect day in the valley, we began a steady climb up the Mesquite Canyon trail for 4.3 miles to reach the Goat Camp Trail.  From there we would travel for nearly two miles (including a short stretch up a narrow wash) to reach the road leading towards the top.  After nearly two and a half hours of hiking and 2,500 feet of elevation gain, the summit was ours!  I signed the register while Bob snapped a few pictures then down we went, this time along the old jeep trail back to Goat Camp saving us 0.3 miles.  The weather couldn't have been any better for January and the hike was really quite nice.  It was way more relaxing than racing these trails, which is usually the reason I find myself out there.
(Above: Bob hiking the Mesquite Canyon trail with Barry Goldwater Peak in the distance)


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